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Kunstler: Homework Assignment

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Poor old Karl Marx, tortured by boils and phantoms, was right about one thing: History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. Thus, I give you the Roman Empire and now the United States of America. Rome surrendered to time and entropy. Our method is to drive a gigantic clown car into a ditch.

Is anyone out there interested in redemption? I have an idea for the political party out of power, the Democrats, sunk in its special Okefenokee Swamp of identity politics and Russia paranoia: make an effort to legislate the Citizens United calamity out of existence. Who knows, a handful of Republicans may be shamed into going along with it. For those of you who have been mentally vacationing on Mars with Elon Musk, Citizens United was a Supreme Court decision — Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission 558 U.S. 310 (2010) — which determined that corporations had the right, as hypothetical “persons,” to give as much money as they liked to political candidates.

This “right” devolved from the First Amendment of the constitution, the 5-4 majority opinion said — giving money to political candidates and causes amounts to “freedom of speech.” The Citizens United ruling opened the door for unlimited election spending by corporations and enormous mischief in our national life. Then-President Obama — a constitutional law professor before his career in politics — complained bitterly about the opinion days later in his State of the Union address, saying that the court had “reversed a century of law to open the floodgates, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.”

And for the next seven years he did absolutely nothing about it, nor did the Democratic Party majority in congress. Rather, they vacuumed in as much corporate campaign money as possible from every hokey political action committee (PAC) from sea to shining sea, especially in the 2016 presidential election starring Hillary “It’s My Turn” Clinton. It turned out to not be her turn in large part because the voters noticed the stench of corruption wafting off this toxic flow of corporate money, which Hillary was using to vastly outspend her billionaire opponent, troll that he was.

Of course, corporations have not always been what they are deemed to be today. They evolved with the increasingly complex activities of industrial economies. Along the way — in Great Britain first, actually — they were deemed to exist as the equivalent of legal persons, to establish that the liabilities of the company were separate and distinct from those of its owners. In the USA, forming a corporation usually required an act of legislation until the late 19th century. After that, they merely had to register with the states. Then congress had to sort out the additional problems of giant “trusts” and holding companies (hence, anti-trust laws, now generally ignored).

In short, the definition of what a corporation is and what it has a right to do is in a pretty constant state of change as economies evolve. And insofar as the current economy is sinking like the RMS Titanic — and our republic as a mode of governance with it — surely the time has come to redefine in legislation the role and existential nature of a corporation in this polity. This homework assignment should be given to the Democratic members of congress, since they are otherwise preoccupied only with hunting for Russian gremlins and discovering new sexual abnormalities to protect and defend.

The crux of the argument is that corporations cannot be said to be entirely and altogether the equivalent of persons for all legal purposes. In law, corporations have duties, obligations, and responsibilities to their shareholders first, and only after that to the public interest or the common good, and only then by pretty strict legal prescription. It may be assumed that the interests of corporations and their shareholders are in opposition to, and in conflict with, the public interest. And insofar as elections are fundamentally matters of the public interest, corporations must be prohibited from efforts to influence the outcome of elections.

That’s your assignment Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and the rest of the Democratic Party leadership. Get serious. Show a little initiative. Do something useful. Draw up some legislation. Get behind something real that might make a difference in this decrepitating country. Or get out of the way and let a new party do the job.

Kunstler



128 Comments on "Kunstler: Homework Assignment"

  1. makati1 on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 8:43 pm 

    Greg, heart failure is in his future. He has to have stress problems with the way he attacks everyone who disagrees with him. Add that to his mental problems and he has to live a very unhappy life in Davy World.

  2. Davy on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 8:44 pm 

    Circular nonsense. Who cares grehg. Like I said you deserve no respect. You earn respect.

  3. GregT on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 8:44 pm 

    I have no desire to go to war Davy, and I don’t believe in hatred. It is a completely useless human emotional response. If you feel the need to continue to lash out like a boy, then by all means have at it. The only reputation that you are destroying, is your own.

  4. GregT on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 8:47 pm 

    I am very well respected among my peers Davy, and don’t care at all if you feel the need to,lash out like a child. That would be a reflection of your own insecurities.

  5. Davy on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 8:48 pm 

    Mad-kat1, keep banging your head against the wall with that one. Seems to be the latest whine these days.

  6. Davy on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 8:52 pm 

    Obviously your are insecure or you would not go on and on about how you should be respected. Show respect and you will be respected. That is elementary basics of human nature and you failed.

  7. GregT on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 8:52 pm 

    “Greg, heart failure is in his future.”

    I’ve had many dealings with people like Davy throughout my career Makati. They either get help, or they hit rock bottom. Davy has already been there at least once, and he is headed there again. No one can help Davy, but Davy himself.

  8. Davy on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 8:55 pm 

    Don’t believe in hate….you embody hate and think you don’t. This is war grehg. You want to own the board and I am saying no. You are fighting for it and whining you are not. Sorry, I think you have lost you way and are now into delusional hypocrisy.

  9. makati1 on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 8:57 pm 

    Whine? Repeating the truth is a whine?

    You, the hater of last resort, want to lecture others on hate? You cannot let got of your hate for all who don’t agree with your deluded view of the world. You cannot resist the opportunity to prove your immaturity. I don’t read those whose comments I disagree with. That is why they put the avatar first.

    I will continue posting negatives about your country as long as this forum lasts. That is my way of counteracting the propaganda that the US MSM spews out 24/7/365. If you don’t like it, too bad.

  10. Davy on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 9:01 pm 

    Now your whining to makati. It’s not even whining now it is crying. grehg, you can play your fantasy games of psychoanalysis. They are a joke. Analyze yourself before you analyze others. BTW, mad-kat1 loves the attention. Lol

  11. makati1 on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 9:02 pm 

    “Breaking: Captured ISIS Fighters Admit Cooperation Between ISIS and the U.S.”
    “Russia Releases Photos Showing U.S. Special Forces, SDF, Working in ISIS Territory with No Fear of Attack”
    “Revealed: The Pentagon Is Spending Up to $2.2 Billion on Soviet-Style Arms for Syrian Rebels”
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/

    America, the world’s largest terrorist organization, funded by the US Taxpayer, and soon to come home to America.

  12. makati1 on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 9:03 pm 

    Denialist Davy. LMAO

  13. GregT on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 9:04 pm 

    More delusional accusations Davy. You just don’t get it, do you? You continue to put words into other people’s mouths that plane and simply, are not real. You are living in a fantasy world of your own making.

  14. Davy on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 9:04 pm 

    Fine mad-kat1, then what are you so hot and bothered about? Nothing has changed. If you lie about my life I will make you pay for it…as long as this forum lasts. Man up you pussy. You can’t spread hate and not get it right back in your face.

  15. Davy on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 9:07 pm 

    Sure grehg, like I believe you. You are so convincing at your crying. Are you in tears yet?

  16. Davy on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 9:10 pm 

    Wow, seems your gang has shrunk. You dumbasses remember 2 years age it was 5 of you against me. You did not run me off then and now it just the two of you. LMFAO.

  17. makati1 on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 9:35 pm 

    Look in the mirror Davy. Your mental health is about gone. We are out of the range of your ability to do anything about us. I am ~8,500 miles from Missouri. So far that I cannot even smell your bullshit. LOL

  18. Davy on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 9:40 pm 

    Then why are you so hot and bothered tonight?

  19. GregT on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 9:46 pm 

    The only person here who is all hot and bothered Davy, is yourself.

  20. Davy on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 9:53 pm 

    I think I am getting under your skin grehg. Your getting repetitive which is a sure sign of frustration.

  21. GregT on Sat, 30th Sep 2017 10:15 pm 

    Why Do you feel the need to get under somebody else’s skin Davy? Does that help you?

  22. dooma on Sun, 1st Oct 2017 4:06 am 

    For Christ’s sake Davy, I took a holiday from this forum because of your rabid attacks on anybody who described the US accurately as a war-mongering bully of a county that everyone would be happy to see the end of.

    Yet you are still here and it is getting worse. Give it up mate. Accept the world’s (minus Israel) opinion of your nation.

  23. dooma on Sun, 1st Oct 2017 4:18 am 

    And I just came back from Vietnam during which I met an American there. Typical fat, loud-mouthed braggart who payed no attention to local customs and was totally oblivious to the stares he was getting for being so fucking loud.

    I have met Yanks like him all around the word. They think that the rest of the world is their theme park to do as they wish. At least he broke the plastic stool in the restaurant lol.

    And you wonder why you folks are disliked?

  24. Davy on Sun, 1st Oct 2017 5:04 am 

    I happy I succeeded in getting you to take a holiday, dumba. You don’t contribute anything worth much. You are an Australian version of a mad-kat1. You complain about rabid attacks but that is just wht you do so dumba can you relate to hypocrisy? You have called me some really ugly things and done it emotionally. You are one of the young stupid Australians. You remind me of anymouse1 the stupid millennial Canadian. You come on here and dump your unsupported rabid anti-American attacks willy-nilly and expect me to allow it? My goal is to give people like you discomfort. Emotional extremist will be paid for by a return attack. I promise you that. I could care less about your trips around the world which I am sure are very few and because of your anti-Americanism I am sure you only had Americans in your radar screen when looking for ugly people. You are a loud mouth braggart and you pay no attention to the fact that not all Americans are like what you look for. In your case you talk yourself up by talking Americans down type braggart. You look for the worst to support your bias. Your country is full of them too and so is Canada. I saw them all over Europe too. In every country there are sheeple losers. You are easy to deal with, dumba because you are dumb and sensitive to attacks. Your skin is very thin and a few words and you go on a holiday. If you come back be ready to battle because like you said “you want to see my end”

  25. Davy on Sun, 1st Oct 2017 5:05 am 

    grehg, why Do you feel the need to get under somebody else’s skin? Does that help you?

  26. Cloggie on Sun, 1st Oct 2017 5:20 am 

    And I just came back from Vietnam during which I met an American there. Typical fat, loud-mouthed braggart who payed no attention to local customs and was totally oblivious to the stares he was getting for being so fucking loud.
    I have met Yanks like him all around the word. They think that the rest of the world is their theme park to do as they wish. At least he broke the plastic stool in the restaurant lol.
    And you wonder why you folks are disliked?

    If I were a “typical fat, loud-mouthed braggart of an American” the last place I would want to go to brag is North-Vietnam:

    http://s.newsweek.com/sites/www.newsweek.com/files/2015/04/17/0417namfall01.jpg

    “Projecting power”.lol

  27. rockman on Sun, 1st Oct 2017 12:13 pm 

    Cloggie – “If I were a “typical fat, loud-mouthed braggart of an American” the last place I would want to go to brag is North-Vietnam”. Two points. First a very minor one: there is no such place as “North-Vietname”. It is the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Second, sadly yes: the “ugly American” stereotypes still exists to some degree. But if you present a friendly persona the Vietnamese can be very hospitable. Hell, they the older ones still like the f*cking French. LOL.

    A side note: in my worldly travels when I was asked by a local as a rule I never said the USA. I would always say Texas. For some reason most foreigners seem more pleased to meet a Texan then an “American”. Many years ago on a small foreign river cruise the director went around the room asking where folks came from. Typically most named their country including “Americans”. Of course I said Texas. He stopped and laughed. He said he rarely ever heard a US citizen respond with any thing but “America”. And that he has yet to hear a single Texas do so…it was always Texas.

    I don’t know why. Maybe the rest of the world had seen so many John Wayne movies where he played a likable Texan. LOL.

  28. Cloggie on Sun, 1st Oct 2017 12:30 pm 

    Most Americans I met at international IT-projects met were likable, civilized, open-minded folks.

    There was a single exception, the white guy from… Texas!… to whom I had rented my comfortable student flat…

    https://i.pinimg.com/564x/65/15/30/65153034116bf1b47afbf36b93e68288.jpg

    http://tinyurl.com/ya6lw57u

    … out during the summer months, while I had more important undefined business to attend in sunny southern countries.

    At the time I had a tropical plant hobby and my large room was like a jungle. I met the guy and after he had asked first what the price of petrol was in Holland, a question I had to answer not to his satisfaction, I carefully instructed him how to treat my tropical plants.

    After the summer months I returned to my student room, only to see my carefully build-up flora completely destroyed. Not attended at all.

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